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Kelly Writers Series

The Kelly Writers Series brings world-renowned poets, playwrights and authors of fiction and nonfiction for readings and discussion to DePauw's campus. Spring 2014 readings include:


Benjamin busch, memoirist and filmmaker

april 9 | 7:30 P.M.
peeler art center, auditorium

Benjamin Busch, a decorated United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer, is also an award-winning writer, actor, photographer and director. Busch is the winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer award in nonfiction. His memoir about the Iraq War, Dust to Dust (Ecco), was published in 2012 and has won critical acclaim. His written work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine and the 2010 Best American Essays anthology, and his photography has been featured in Photography Quarterly and War, Literature & the Arts. Currently, his three photography exhibits are traveling the country. As a filmmaker, Busch wrote, directed and produced the 40-minute film Bright. Busch, who lives in Michigan with his wife and daughters, appeared on the HBO series The Wire (Officer Anthony Colicchio) and has also appeared in Generation Kill, Homicide and The West Wing.  

BRIGHT (2011)



Benjamin Busch screens and discusses his short film Bright.
A Film Studies Series Event

kristoffer diaz, playwright

april 30 | 7:30 P.m.
peeler art center, auditorium


may 1 | 11:30 a.m.
pulliam center for contemporary media, watson forum

Kristoffer Diaz is an award-winning playwright and educator. He has a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management Program. In 2011, he won The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and the OBIE Award for the Best New American Play for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. He also won the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship at New York’s Public Theatre that same year. His work has been performed across the country, and he is currently in residence at New Dramatists.